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Growing a Hospitality Business During a Pandemic

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While the business climate in our state and across the nation was a challenging one in 2020 and for many, remains so, it has been especially difficult for the hospitality industry.  But despite a two-month state-mandated closure and a 75% reduction in capacity for weeks afterwards, our next guest’s company remained profitable and is planning new locations across the country.

Mike Switzer interviews Michael Siniscalchi,  founder and president of 810 Billiards and Bowling in Myrtle Beach, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.